B.A. Degree with a Major in Sociology
Requirements for the Major
A major in Sociology is achieved with the completion of the following requirements, in addition to the General Education and electives required for a degree:
Required Core Courses
SOC 100, 220, 335, 350, and 436 (or SOC 461 may be substituted, in consultation with the Academic Advisor)
Required Distribution Courses
Five (5) additional SOC course credits.
Except for core courses, all SOC courses offered in the former Short Terms count as electives toward the degree. However, no more than one SOC course offered only in a former Short Term may be included in the major.
Required Collateral Courses
Five (5) collateral course credits chosen in consultation with the Academic Advisor and with the consent of the Program to complement the student's career or further educational plans. Often these are courses for a minor in another subject or a variety of courses in other Social Sciences, English, and Mathematics. With the consent of the Program, courses meeting General Education, Appalachian Studies, African and African American Studies, and Women's Studies program requirements may qualify as collateral courses. There is an emphasis on course work that will provide a strong background in U.S. history, in addition to some course work in Western and Non-Western history AND Economics, Political Science, and Psychology.
Exploring the Major
Students interested in this major are encouraged to complete as many General Education requirements in the first two years as possible. In addition, they should try to complete the first- and second-year Sociology requirements listed in "course sequencing considerations" below before applying for admission to the major.
Admission to the Major
Successful completion of at least one SOC course; successful completion of the General Education Practical Reasoning Requirement (PRQ and/or PR), with Mathematics the preferred method for both; satisfactory completion of an interview for Admission to the Major.
Course Sequencing Considerations (in order to complete degree requirements within eight terms)
In the first year:SOC 100 and one collateral course (see above description).
In the second year:
Students should try to complete SOC 220, 350, and two SOC distribution courses.
Proficiency Requirements for Retention in and Completion of the Major
In addition to completing specified course requirements, each student must satisfy program standards for effectiveness in communication.
The Education Studies Department will collaborate with any content department contributing to the preparation of teachers to write appropriate text directing students thinking about becoming a teacher to the T & C major in the Education Studies Department.
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This online publication is the official text of the Berea College Catalog & Student Handbook. Berea College reserves the right to amend, revise, or modify content within this publication at any time.Posted: 8-13-2012
Updated by Wanda Burch